Yemen's Houthis seize provincial capital despite Saudi-led raids

April 9, 2015 9:52 AM

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Yemen's Houthis seize provincial capital despite Saudi-led raids

ADEN (Reuters) - Houthi fighters, backed by supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh entered the provincial capital of the mainly Sunni Shabwa province in eastern Yemen on Thursday, residents said, despite intense Saudi-led air strikes against the group.

Residents said local tribal chiefs and security officials facilitated the entry of the Houthi forces to the city of Ataq, where they took control of the offices of the local government and security forces compounds.

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